Saturday Night Live: John Krasinski / Machine Gun Kelly
January 31, 2021 1:40 AM - Season 46, Episode 10 - Subscribe

Krasinski's first time hosting, originally scheduled for March 28, 2020 before coronavirus shut down production.

  • Cold Open - What Still Works?: Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Pete Davidson, Mikey Day, Alex Moffatt, Kenan Thompson, John Krasinski
  • Monologue: John Krasinski, Alex Moffatt, Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson
  • Blue Georgia: John Krasinski, Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Beck Bennett, Kenan Thompson, Andrew Dismukes, Alex Moffatt, Melissa Villaseñor
  • The Loser: Kyle Mooney, Andrew Dismukes, Mikey Day, Pete Davidson, Punkie Johnson, John Krasinski
  • The Dividend: Cecily Strong, Beck Bennett, John Krasinski, Kate McKinnon, Mikey Day
  • That's What I Call TV Show Themes: Chloe Fineman, Melissa Villaseñor, Beck Bennett, Cecily Strong, Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Alex Moffatt, John Krasinski
  • Warren St. COVID Bubble: John Krasinski, Beck Bennett, Heidi Gardner, Cecily Strong, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, Mikey Day, Punkie Johnson, Bowen Yang
  • Machine Gun Kelly - My Ex's Best Friend
  • Weekend Update: Michael Che, Colin Jost
    • Mike Lindell: Beck Bennett
    • Restaurant Reopening: Bowen Yang, Kyle Mooney
    • Cathy-Ann: Cecily Strong
  • Supermarket Sweep: John Krasinski, Ego Nwodim, Chris Redd, Andrew Dismukes, Lauren Holt, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon
  • Subway Revamp: Kenan Thompson, Chloe Fineman, Ego Nwodim, Beck Bennett, John Krasinski, Andrew Dismukes
  • Machine Gun Kelly - Lonely
  • Sex Rat: Chloe Fineman, John Krasinski, Kyle Mooney, Pete Davidson
posted by rhizome (10 comments total)
The cold open was refreshingly good. It was a smart way to cover all the various things that have happened in the last month.

I was very surprised this was Krasinski's first time hosting. I guess I assumed he hosted back when The Office was on prime time. The Monologue could have been a bit better, a few lines seemed to be flubbed, and of course the punch line was just "two men kiss", which we really don't need to play for laughs anymore.

Blue Georgia was ok, though it felt a but too much like they were making fun of political correctness. I'm not sure that's what they were going for but it felt like it. I liked when the MAGA stranger walked in and they got rid of him. Nice twist on an old premise.

I didn't like The Bully at all. Felt very mean-spirited and honestly as someone who got bullied a lot the whole thing just made me feel uncomfortable.

That's What I Call TV Show Themes is my favorite type of sketch/commercial. I just want rapid fire imitations. So good. Pete as Cousin Greg.

Would have liked to have seen more Melissa, but it was really nice to have Aidy back. She really is a rock and she's just great in everything she does.

Cathy Ann's bit where she's always trying to get the cigarette lit cracks me up for some reason. The jokes in WU felt like they were reading them for the first time, which they may have been.

I liked Supermarket Sweep, that whole "we're just friends" thing was very 1990s. It could have been fleshed out a bit more but Kate and Aidy are a great pair and they seemed to be having fun with it.

Machine Gun Kelly. The only thing I have to say about whatever the fuck that was was I was cracking up during the second song when his guitarist was doing the solo and MGK kept stepping in front of him as if to keep the attention on himself. I guess kids are always going to be impressed by the whole "pretend bad-ass" thing. I suppose if people enjoy it, so be it.

A decent show with a mix of good and bad sketches and I'm glad they're back.
posted by bondcliff at 7:29 AM on January 31, 2021 [1 favorite]

I thought that this was a strong episode; I think the hiatus let them polish up some bits maybe.

Blue Georgia - I originally thought it was a "politically correct" joke but it turned into a commentary that while there might be a little bit of superficial wokeness (and maybe bandwagoning on the Democratic wins), there are still serious underlying problems that still need to be addressed.

I wanted to like Bubble but it didn't pay off for me. A little too by the numbers.

Thought that this was a very strong WU leaning heavily on the guests. Bennett's technical prowess carried that skit on his back. Always love Strong's Cathy-Ann and this was a scathing one. I did not get the Yang/ Mooney sketch, has Scorsese been in the news recently?

The only real flop for me was the Subway sketch, although maybe I got primed for something else when they opened with the real Subway advertising for protein bowls (which are super janky and jumping on the poke bowl/ taco bowl wagon?).

Tripling down on that Villaseñor is rocking her natural hair.
posted by porpoise at 12:47 PM on January 31, 2021

I did not get the Yang/ Mooney sketch, has Scorsese been in the news recently?

I think it's a reference to "Pretend it's a City" on Netflix.
posted by Mogur at 1:12 PM on January 31, 2021 [3 favorites]

Right after Pete and Ariana Grande broke up, the kid and I saw him and John Mulaney perform. At the end of the show, Mulaney suddenly announced, “And now, Machine Gun Kelly.” MGK came out and started doing his thing, but the audience was not prepared for surprise Machine Gun Kelly and didn’t react, like, at all, so after half a song, MGK just... left? Walked off the stage and the lights came up and the audience was all WTF?

Anyway, that’s the story of why he’s known as Surprise Machine Gun Kelly in my house. I fast forwarded through his performances. My opinion of him hasn’t changed since that night. My opinion of Pete, on the other hand, has done a complete 180. His (surprise!) Anton Ego drew the biggest laugh from us.
posted by Ruki at 2:05 PM on January 31, 2021 [4 favorites]

Ruki, if you like nuDavidson, I heartily recommend 'King of Staten Island,' a fictionalization of Davidson's life if he had not pursued/ succeeded in comedy.
posted by porpoise at 2:24 PM on January 31, 2021

Fuck Michael Che and fuck Colin Jost.
posted by Pope Guilty at 7:02 PM on January 31, 2021 [3 favorites]

As a sex critic, I'd have to say I disagree. As I watched them on my neighbor's television through their window, dear reader...
posted by not_on_display at 11:03 PM on January 31, 2021

Having last checked in on Machine Gun Kelly when he was a not-especially-talented rapper, I was not remotely prepared for this newest iteration.
posted by box at 10:03 AM on February 1, 2021

Sex Rat I think is up there with top ten SNL sketches of all time. I was not expecting to laugh that hard at anything last night.
posted by GoblinHoney at 6:54 PM on February 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

Blue Georgia was nice. Maybe there was mean subtext that I didn’t pick up on, but I just ate up hearing empathetic phrases paired with (Hollywood) southern accents. And it was funny too. I’ll add the fact that a lot of southern women, of any age, married or not, are addressed not as “she/ma’am” but as “she/miss”.
posted by Monochrome at 5:14 PM on February 4, 2021

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